Out of the ordinary cheeses
What are your favorite cheeses that are not the usual fare, but also, not impossible to find?
Some of my favorites are:
1. any ripened (brie-type) cheese made with goat's milk. Goat's milk has a nice "tang" that makes it a nice change from cow's milk brie.
2. "dolce" gorgonzola. This is gorgonzola that has a creamier, more plastic texture than regular gorgonzola, and a much sweeter taste.
3. gourmandise--kirsch-flavored I haven't seen this cheese for a while. It's a spreadable kind of cheese that comes in a wheel; very tasty and addictive.
4. morbier - a french cheese that has the color, general look, and texture of a swiss-type cheese, but without the holes
Cabrales -- probably my favorite blue.
Idiazabal -- a fudgy-textured, somewhat sharp Spanish sheep's milk cheese.
Ossau-Iraty-Brebis Pyrenees -- also fudgy-textured, earthy, tangy, rich-flavored French sheep's milk cheese. Really good with a medium Tanqueray 10 martini and baguette.
Vacherin Mont d'Or -- I've seen this more recently in cheese shops, including the DC Dean & Deluca. It's a French cow's milk cheese, runny with an earthy, farmyard-y yet buttery flavor.
Telagio (sp?) is the best! - Italian, ripening cow's milk. Seems to very alot from batch to batch.
D' Afinois - French, very soft, ripening cow's milk.
Redwood Hills Farm Goat's Milk White Cheddar.
Sooooo many good cheeses out there.......
hopefully you have a good cheese shop around with knowledgable staff and that will let you taste.
Manchego -- Spanish sheep's milk cheese that vastly improves with age. A favorite dessert of mine and my family is manchego with membrillos, a quince paste, and good french bread.
Aged Gouda -- Aging transforms this cheese, making it taste like a rich(er) parmiganno reggiano. Incredible with a glass of red dessert wine.
"Roaring 40s" -- An Australian cheese that is a little like a St. Andre (i.e., triple cream, brie-like), but with veins of blue running through it. A great blend of sweet/sour/salty to finish off a great meal.
Gotta go take my cholesterol meds now... : D